British-Russian Business Continues to Flourish
By John Bonar
Early this October several hundred British and Russian businessmen will gather for the annual Moscow RussiaTALK Investment Forum in the Moscow premises of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Despite the cloud hanging over political relations between the two countries, stemming from the Alexander Litvenenko affair, business is booming and the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) flagship event is expected to have a high turnout.
High profile speakers including Evgeny Primakov, President of the RFCCI, Sergey Naryshkin, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, H.E.Yury Fedotov Russian Ambassador in London and Sir Tony Brenton, British Ambassador in Moscow. All scheduled to speak in the plenary session on 10th October chaired by RBCC President, the Rt. Hon. Tim Eggar, Chairman of Harrison Lovegrove and formerly Britain’s Energy Minister.
The RBCC is the fundamental link between British and Russian business, with a strong tradition of providing high quality forums for key business decision makers from both countries.
RussiaTALK 2007 will continue the successful format of previous years with two debates amongst influential government officials and business executives on topics covering foreign direct investment and global trade.
The first debate will be chaired by Jonathan Charles, Presenter, BBC World and former Moscow correspondent, and will focus on Foreign Direct Investment in Russia and new Business Opportunities. Invited speakers include Alexei Kudrin, Russian Finanace Minister, Leonid Reiman, Russian Minister for IT and Communications, Leonid Drachevsky, Deputy Chairman RAO UES, Chris Finlayson, head of Shell Russia, Olivier Campenon, President EMEA of BT and Erik Sandberg of Cadbury Schweppes, Karl Johanssen, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young, Paul Melling, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie.
The second debate takes as its topic Russia’s Integration into a Global Economy. It is to be chaired by Sir Andrew Wood, formerly British Ambassador to Russia and now Non-Executive Chairman of The PBN Company. The panel is slated to include Herman Gref, Russian Economy and Trade Minister, Andrey Kostin, President of VTB, Alexander Medvedev, Vice Chairman of Gazprom, Richard Spies, CEO of BP Russia, Viacheslav Kopiev, Deputy Chairman of Sistema, Roger Munnings CBE, Managing Partner of KPMG and a star-studded cast of influential business leaders.
Following a productive morning, participants are invited to continue networking at the RBCC Members’ lunch where it is anticipated there will be further spirited discussion based on the debates. The event kicks off the previous evening with a reception for 250 guests in the British Ambassador’s residence.
Tickets, including luncheon and invitation to the evening gala reception at the Ambassador’s residence are £290 + VAT with RBCC members having a special rate of £150 + VAT